Congrats to team Pretty Smart Girls (PSG) of KodeConnect’s for reaching the finals of the Worldwide Robotics Competition! Not only did the team make the final cut of 30 teams worldwide, (over 5000 teams submitted) but they also placed 1st in Massachusetts for the 9-12 year old bracket!!! The team of 4 girls of Brockton will come together to compete one last time on the final mission for a chance to claim #1 worldwide and win $5000. The deadline to submit is February 24, 2017! To learn more about the competition and results, read about the finalists here! https://blog.makewonder.com/announcing-the-finalists-of-the-2016-2017-wonder-league-robotics-competition-2657e8e9453b#.kbuo9t24y
WB Mason and KodeConnect, Inc. are teaming up to provide kids in Brockton, MA a pivotal opportunity. WB Mason is the largest privately held office products retailer in the U.S. and has its corporate office in the heart of Brockton. KodeConnect, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that gives Brockton youth an opportunity to learn about coding and computer programming at an affordable cost.
KodeConnect, Inc and WB Mason are excited about this endeavor as it a great way to give back to a community they call home. This is a huge step in giving kids in the Brockton community easy and affordable access to computer programming and generate interest in technology fields. Registration and further details on the class can be found at the class page.
KodeConnect supports great achievements in STEM and believes our children should learn about these achievements. That's why we are proud to have worked with Showcase Cinemas Randolph to have a private screening of Hidden Figures Saturday January 14th at 10am. We encourage parents, guardians to signup and bring your kids to see this amazing movie! This is one of the biggest achievements in NASA’s history. Additionally it was an important breakthrough for women and African Americans in Science and Engineering.
This event is free and open to the first 40 people who signup here.
KodeConnect’s executive board had an amazing time at the 29th Annual Ebony Winter Gala. This energetic networking soiree is sponsored by NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers). The night was filled with great music and incredible people. KodeConnect made many connections which will give our kids so much more opportunities in the near future.
This week we had the pleasure of partnering with Brockton's George Elementary School for two days of Hour of Code. We joined the 300 million who have done the hour of code program since its existence. We had approximately 50 coders take part in various activities including kids, parents, and teachers!
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.
KodeMakers Club of KodeConnect Inc. is getting close to wrapping up their Fall session by entering and competing in the Wonder League Robotics Competition. This competition allows kids 7-12 to compete all over the world by completing a series of missions by the Wonder League using their Dash & Dot Robots. The club breaks out into smaller groups and these teams work to solve the problems using their Wonder App and their robots. KodeMakers has 3 teams competing. In the 7-9 year old group we have KodeConnect Jedis. Within the 10-12 year old group we have the KodeConnect PSG (Pretty Smart Girls) team and the KodeConnect Avengers. Check out a video submission by the KC Jedis below:
If you are curious about the missions. Take a look here.
Amazing first week for the Kode Makers Club. We learned what coding is (A set of instructions that a computer can understand), and had a chance to go through some challenges. The kids then formed teams and will continue to do activities in preparation for the Wonder League Robotics competition that kicks off mid October. Stay tuned!!
We truly appreciate Brockton Library Foundation for the donation of iPads for our kids to use in our upcoming programs! These iPad minis will be used for a number of future programs including our upcoming Kode Makers Club where they will interface with Dash & Dot robots. This is huge for the community and kids!!
Starting September 26th we are starting a weekly robotics and coding club as part of the Wonder League. The Wonder League is a worldwide community of clubs inspiring the creators of tomorrow through robotics and coding. Go to the Club Page for more details.
Last Thursday night was an amazing night for KodeConnect. Amazing because a mix of great people came together to show their support for kids in need of opportunities to learn about computer programming. You are all part of the KodeConnect family and we cherish the donations, ideas, and time you have gave this past Thursday night!
We surpassed our event goal and raised $1650!!!
Contributions such as yours will help us provide program scholarships to kids in our program and allow us to secure tools that give kids in our program the opportunity to explore. We have some exciting plans for the fall and winter this year and your help makes it possible. We will be sending out a newsletter soon with all the details. Stay tuned!!